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11 Nov 2014

Pensioner benefit claimant owned houses

A pensioner has been convicted of fraudulently claiming thousands in benefits for eight years despite owning four houses.

Richard Denby, from Benson, near Wallingford, was found guilty of five counts of making false statements with a view to obtaining benefits between March 2000 and March 2008.

The 70-year-old claimed pension, housing and council tax benefit despite possessing assets in excess of the £16,000 legal threshold.

Prosecutor Michael Vere-Hodge QC said Denby, who was living in Kirtlington when he was arrested, owned four houses in Yorkshire and was a “consistent fraudster”:
The evidence is absolutely overwhelming that he was in receipt of income, and he was undoubtedly the owner of other properties because he dealt with them as owner. None of it was disclosed.
Denby will return to Oxford Crown Court to be sentenced on November 28, after a pre-sentence report has been prepared by the Probation Service.

Benefit thieves do it for the money. They should have to repay twice what they stole - that would be some deterrent. A confiscation order should be automatic and immediate.

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